Jhaveri Contemporary presents a new immersive installation comprising ink drawings, textiles, painted signs and a video by Hardeep Pandhal.
Pandhal works with non-linear forms of digital video which layer lurid hand drawn cartoons, psychedelic and disorienting narratives with his own deadpan rap music, presenting them within wider installations and wall drawings.
Pandhal takes the cultural taboo that prevents an Indian wife from naming her husband directly as a starting point to confront post-colonial traumas with uneasy humour. Two cardigans knitted by Pandhal’s mother and entwined together with Pandhal’s own hand embroidery, form a symbolically charged dyad caught in a thorny embrace. Designs are stitched into the garments, pulling the threads tightly together to form bodily protrusions. Pandhal and his mother are divided by language, he speaks little Punjabi, while she speaks little English. What is lost in translation is found, hinting at things that are known without being spoken. Frustrations of wider societal structures are projected into a disquieting dreamscape-video, where the inner hauntings of an imagined turban-shaped dirigible are revealed and suggestively animated. Accompanying drawings and paintings frame the installation, offering a glimpse into the expanded nature of Pandhal’s work and the overarching decolonising trajectory of his mission.
Hardeep Pandhal was born in Birmingham in 1985. He lives and works in Glasgow. Recent solo exhibitions include: Self-Loathing Flashmob, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow International 2018, Director’s Programme, Glasgow (2018); Liar Hydrant, Cubitt, London (2018); Konfessions of a Klabautermann, Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Berwick-upon-Tweed (2018); A Nightmare on BAME Street, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2017). Selected group exhibitions include : Knock Knock: Humour in Contemporary Art, South London Gallery, London (2018); 35 Days of Film, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York (2018); The House of Fame, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, (2018); 2018 Triennial: Songs for Sabotage, New Museum, New York (2018); Steps to Aeration, Tanya Leighton, Berlin (2017); The Vanished Reality, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford (2016); Nothing Happens, Twice: Artists Explore Absurdity, Harris Museum, Preston (2016); The Panj Piare Assemble, Grand Union, Birmingham (2014); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Spike Island, Bristol and ICA, London (2013); Tattoo City: The First Three Chapters, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2012). In 2018 he was shortlisted for 2018 Film London Jarman Award and the Arts Council Collection acquired three of his works.